Brothers Who Married Sisters
by Ray Roberts
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
and I live
in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
My brick wall was my maternal
grandfather's father. Raymond J. McCollough was his name and all we knew
of him was that when my grandfather was a young bou, his father left the
family and moved to St. Louis. We knew only that he had died there and
was buried in a Lutheran Cemetery.
For years I labored friutlessly untill
one day, a recieved an e-mail from a researcher looking for the sister of
Raymond's wife. She had a note that indicated that her maternal great
grandmother had the same last name as my maternal great grandmother and
that she had married a McCollough.
She found me through a relative who
saw a query I posted, and thought what the heck. I checked my files and
found the sister... she had married a McCollough, but his name was Mark.
The tree I referenced was done by a cousin and had very llimited
information. It just indicated that Mark and Catherine moved to
Cincinnati and were never heard from again. Now for the "serindipity"
I tried running some Internet searches linking McCollough with
either Cincinnati or St. Louis. What I found was a reference to a
gentleman named Mark McCollough and speaches he delivered at a symposium
in St. Louis and one in Cincinnati. I thought, why not?
I e-mailed him
and asked if he could be descended from Mark and Catherine... he said he
wasn't, but that he was originally from the area where Mark and Catherine
had lived and that his father was very much into genealogy.
the father and after some visits to Butler County, PA, Courthouse, I not
only broke down the brick wall, I found that Mark and Ray were brothers
who married sisters! I also found that I had the wrong middle name for my
greatgrandfather. And his parents, grandparents, and even great
grandparents. Instead of a brick wall in 1912, I now trace this line
back to the 1770's and yet another brick wall.
I am now searching for a
William McCollough/McColloch who may have been a doctor on the western
frontier in Virginia, and what is now Butler County, Pennsylvania.
the fates intervene yet again?
Submitted: Mon Apr 19 12:33:53 1999
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